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Monday Post ~ May 9, 2011

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ~Maya Angelou

What are your plans for creative practice this week? Given the specifics of your schedule, decide on a realistic goal or a milestone to reach for. A goal as simple as “I will be creative for 10 minutes every day” is what it’s all about. Share your goal(s) as a comment to this post, and let us know how things went with your creative plans for last week, if you posted to last week’s Monday Post.

Suggestion: When you’re deciding on your creative intentions, it’s a good idea to think about WHEN you’re going to write those 2,000 words or paint that canvas. Try to schedule the time slots in your calendar (if you keep one), understanding that flexibility may be required. If things don’t happen when you wanted them to, that’s OK. Give yourself a gentle push with one hand, but pat yourself kindly on the shoulder with the other if you don’t reach your goal for a given week. Sometimes it’s easier, sometimes it’s harder. Ride whatever you’ve got.

It’s also useful to have a sense of your minimum requirements (come hell or high water I’m going to write 100 words) while keeping a lookout for sudden opportunities to do more. You know, the day that the baby takes a monster nap or your partner takes the kids out to run errands and you find yourself with an unexpected “extra” half hour. Grab that time for yourself. You can catch up on the dishes and the laundry later. If you keep something creative in the back of your mind for those sudden opportunities, you’ll be more likely to use them to your advantage — rather than squandering your precious bonus moments on Facebook or vacuuming out the sofa cushions.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

    It was another overflowing week — I’m trying to stop fighting that and instead just accept that this is how life is! This week is just as jam-packed. My oldest comes home from college on Thursday (can’t wait) and I really need to get caught up on client work. Am also behind on Project Life, but getting to all of the Life Assessment responses is more important.

    Last week’s goals:
    * Prepare for podcast interview Thurs YES
    * CCA homework and coaching (two classes) YES
    * Project Life update NO
    * Finish three more Life Assessment responses NO
    * Do the next exercise in Right Brain Business Plan NO
    * Read at least 30 pages in current book NO
    * Journaling YES

    This week’s goals:
    * CCA homework and coaching (two classes)
    * Finish three more Life Assessment responses
    * Do the next exercise in Right Brain Business Plan
    * Read at least 30 pages in current book
    * Journaling
    * Project Life update

    May 9, 2011
  2. 1.I am working furiously to catch up on blog reading and writing

    2. and hoping to put the finishing touches on creative workbook #2

    Have a good week all!

    May 12, 2011

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